Though his current contract wasn’t due to run out until 2017, the 22-year-old left-back was keen to commit his long-term future to the five-time Bundesliga champions. “I am the player that I am today because Borussia Dortmund have handled my development so intensively,” said Durm.
‘Convinced by the BVB way’
Signed from Mainz in 2012, Durm enjoyed a prolific rise to prominence last season, which culminated in the youngster becoming one of five BVB players to lift the World Cup trophy in Brazil. “Erik is a fantastic, down-to-earth lad, who fits in perfectly at Borussia Dortmund,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. “For us it was clear that we had to take his incredible athletic development into account and ensure that we extended his contract long-term.”
Durm, who will start at left-back for Germany against Argentina, as confirmed by head coach Joachim Löw on Tuesday, is hoping to maintain his progress at club level as he plays understudy to Marcel Schmelzer. “It’s natural for me to appreciate it [the role Dortmund have played] and to commit myself long-term to the club, who have pushed me to the extreme. I’m completely convinced by the BVB way. There’s something big quietly emerging here and I want to be a part of that for as long as possible.”